Freelancing is very prominent within the design industry. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 29% of graphic designers are self-employed, along with up to 59% of individuals working in digital arts, multimedia, and animation. Unfortunately, many design programs do little to prepare students to run their own businesses.
Recognizing that entrepreneurial training is an essential part of preparing design professionals, Sessions College has introduced a new concentration to their certificate program curricula: Design Business.
“The Design Business concentration helps students prepare for careers and freelance work through identity building, portfolio design, online marketing, and self-promotion,” states Sessions College Chief Academic Officer Tara MacKay. “Pairing this concentration with a certificate program gives students a great foundation for entrepreneurship in a creative environment.”
This new concentration, along with 13 other design concentrations, can be added to any of the 7 available certificate programs at the Professional or Advanced levels. Using this range of options, students can build a strong foundation in visual design while gaining skills in a variety of design subjects; preparing them to fill a niche of their choosing within the design industry and increasing their potential for success.
Sessions College® for Professional Design is a fully online college of design. Sessions College offers accredited visual arts degree and certificate programs in fields such as graphic design, web design, multimedia arts, and game arts. The college also offers a wide selection of individual courses, including layout design, logo design, digital photography, digital video production, digital video editing, figure drawing, Photoshop for game artists, and photo retouching.
To prepare art and design professionals for successful careers, Sessions College provides a thorough training in the technical, creative, and critical-thinking skills required for a fast-changing industry.